Space Race vs. Other Schools!

Space Race 9 Rockets






We all know the fun of having a Space Race in your own class.

How about:

A Space Race against other classes within your school?

A Space Race against classes in the US?

A Space race against classes all over the world?


It’s quite simple! Here’s how:

1. Identify your competition and pick a date and time for the showdown!

Tip: Find other teachers within your PLN to Race

2. Co-construct an assessment and create it in Socrative

Tip: Enable sharing so each teacher can also import a copy using a SOC-#

3. Choose a screen sharing site

Tip: Google Hangouts and Skype work great!

4. Login in to your Socrative Account and the screen sharing site

5. Share your Socrative room number and screen sharing link

Tip: All classrooms can now view your Socrative screen in their own schools!

6. Have classrooms login in with 1 or more devices

Tip: 20 possible rockets across all classrooms

7. Select Space Race, Quiz and the number of teams

Tip: Choose a time limit if you want the furthest to win and not the fastest

8. GO!!!!!!!!! 

Tip: Take a final screenshot, Email the report to your colleagues and/or project it live on the screen!

Fun Socrative Quizzes for PD or Space Races


Here is a list of quizzes we like to use for contests, demos and trainings.



80′s Trivia (20 MC questions) SOC-12173811
- Ideal for Space Race
- Valuable to show how you switch from Rockets to data, select VIEW CHART on Reports pop-up after ending activity.


State Facts (2 MC, 1 Short Answer, 1 TF) SOC-10172020
- Ideal for Student Paced – Student Navigation, Teacher Paced
- Includes images


I Heart Polynomials (4 MC, explanations) SOC-10171986
- Ideal for Student Paced – Immediate Feedback
- Shows explanations
- includes superscripts
- Good for Math educators


World Cup 2014 – US Men’s National Team (3MC, 1 SA, 1 TF) SOC-10171977
- Ideal for Student Paced – Student Navigation, Teacher Paced
- Images
- Fill in the blank gradable short answer


Connect, Extend, Challenge (3 SA) SOC-10171982
- Ideal for Student Paced – Student Navigation
- It’s a thinking Routine


Subject Verb Agreement (4 MC) SOC-10172022
- Ideal for Student Paced – Student Navigation, Teacher Paced
- Good for ELA educators


Red Sox 2004 (4 MC) SOC-10172016
- Ideal for Student Paced – Student Navigation, Teacher Paced
- Good for baseball fans with great taste


New to Socrative? Get your feet wet with a simple activity!

Trying a new technology can feel a bit like the first day of school – you’re excited by all the possibilities, but nervous that you won’t get along with your new classmate! Take some of the pressure off by using one of these quick and reliable Socrative activities to get started:

Use a Multiple Choice Quick Question as a likert scale to gauge your students’ understanding or opinion on a topic:

  1. From your Dashboard click Quick Question.

  2. Select Multiple Choice and options A through E will be sent to your students.
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  3. Ask your question out loud. Some examples:

    • How well did you understand the homework? A = not at all, E = totally got it

    • Do you agree with the main character’s actions? A = strongly disagree, E = strongly agree

    • Would you like to do that activity again? A = definitely not, E = yes please!

  4. Project your screen so students can see the anonymous data populate your screen in real-time. Then discuss the results!

Want to send another Quick Question? Click on the question type you want at the bottom of your screen, and it will automatically send to your students.

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Use True/False Quick Questions to conduct fast knowledge checks:

  1. From your Dashboard click Quick Question.

  2. Select True/False and those two options will be sent to you students.

  3. Ask your question aloud. Some examples:

    • Two negative numbers multiplied together make a positive.

    • “Desayuno” translates to “lunch”.

    • Maria is the protagonist in this story.

  4. Project your screen so students can see the anonymous data populate your screen in real-time. Then discuss the results!
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Use Short Answer Quick Questions to gather authentic examples of student work for discussion:

  1. From your Dashboard click Quick Question.

  2. Select Short Answer and you will see your advanced options.

  3. Type in your question or ask your question aloud. Some examples:

    • When have you seen combustion occur in real life?

    • What do you think the raven represents in the poem?

    • Use the vocabulary word in a full sentence.

  4. Click Start and your students will receive a text box to enter their response, as well as the question if you chose to type it in.

  5. Project your screen to discuss the class’ responses. The answers will automatically show up anonymously to facilitate a comfortable and low-pressure discussion. Click the Show Names button if you prefer to show each student’s name with their answer.
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  6. BONUS: Once all the responses are in, click Start Vote to have students vote on their favorite response!

EVIDENTIAL REASONING: Visible Thinking Routine


What Makes You Say That?

As you know, Socrative is a tool that reports what your students know. However, did you know that Socrative can also provide information on how your students are thinking? For example, after a science lesson, a teacher may use a Socrative quiz to ask, “Will a penny, with a density of 2g/ml float in water?” Based upon the student responses, the teacher will be able to see who responded correctly.Then, she may ask, “Please explain your answer to question 1″.Here’s where another component of student thinking comes in.  Based upon this second round of responses, the teacher will be able to see how her students understand (or misunderstand) the concept of density. Using Socrative will allow her to target any remaining misunderstandings in her ongoing instruction.This type of teaching is based upon research on student thinking at Harvard’s Project Zero. It encourages students to share and explain their perspectives by asking,

  • What’s going on?
  • What do you see?
  • What do you know?
  • What makes you say that?

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Join Our Sharing Community!

Every teacher knows that other teachers are frequently the best resource for classroom planning.  Collaboration among teachers has been shown not only to save time and make work more efficient, but also to result in better student outcomes.  Because we know teacher collaboration is so important, we want to help our community of 1 million teachers work together. We have reorganized over 1,000 teacher-made quizzes in our updated Socrative Shared Quiz List!

 Our goal is to make it easier than ever for our teachers to collaborate by finding, sharing, remixing, and building a community around formative assessments.


Find a Quiz

Looking for ideas about how to formatively assess your students’ understanding during an upcoming lesson? In a pinch and need a quiz to review yesterday’s content? Head into the Shared Quiz List and find an activity that other Socrative teachers have used! Importing quizzes created by other teachers is a great way to learn from what others are doing with the added bonus of saving yourself some time. Learn how to import a quiz here!


Share a Quiz

If you’ve created an engaging, effective activity for checking your students understanding, please share! By adding to the Shared Quiz List, you can have an impact far beyond the four walls of your classroom. Enter as much information as you can about your quiz so that its purpose and value are clear to others. Socrative teachers will be grateful when they’re able to easily find and use your content, and so will their students!


Remix a Quiz

When we collaborate to create great content, our students benefit. When you find a quiz, make adjustments based on what you know is best for students. Then, share your remixed quiz! Add a quick note to let others know about the changes you made, and let the collaboration continue.


Build a Community

Engaging in a community of practice helps us be the best educators we can be. You and your colleagues can share SOC codes on email lists, Facebook groups, Pinterest boards, and other social media forums. You can also build community outside your immediate network by tweeting your content with the tag #socshare. Finding, sharing, remixing, and talking about formative assessments with the Socrative community helps us all improve our practice and and enhance our students’ learning.


We hope that you will find the updated shared quiz list helpful. Know that we are continuing to work on future plans to expand upon options for sharing and collaborating as a Socrative community; this shared quiz list is only one small step.  Stay tuned to learn more about future improvements!


3 Engaging Uses of Open Response

One of our favorite features is Quick Question – Short Answer.  With a few quick clicks, you can use short answer to ask a question, then gather, visualize and discuss a whole class’ open responses.  You could even have students VOTE on the responses!  

1. Gather Student Questions:

As students settle into their seats have them enter a question based on last night’s homework or your current unit.  You can quickly clear up any misunderstanding before moving on to that day’s agenda. By enabling each student to respond, you can see common questions that are applicable to a larger number of students. Use the VOTE feature to have them prioritize what you answer!

Remember – student questions project anonymously, but you can toggle on “show name” and also have a report afterward which tells who said what.  Overall, students are less fearful of asking a question anonymously.

This is also a great tool to use at the end of class. As students start to pack up, open a short answer to gather any points of confusion to incorporate into your plan for the next day, or ask a question based on that day’s content to see what your students have learned!

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2. Vocabulary

In every class, there are key vocabulary items that students need to master. Pose a vocabulary word in short answer and ask students to use that word in a sentence, or respond with the definition.

3. Foreign Language

There are multiple ways to allow students to show their understanding in a second language classroom.

- Present students with a sentence and ask them to translate

- Present students with a sentence and ask them to write a follow-on sentence

- Have students use a key vocabulary term in a sentence (verbs, nouns, adjectives etc.)


How Quick Question – Short Answer Works:

1. From your Teacher Dashboard select “Quick Question”

2. Select the “Short Answer” on the right

3. Type a Question into the text field (optional)

4. Choose whether you would like a SINGLE or UNLIMITED responses from your Students

5. Choose whether you would like students to be ANONYMOUS or REQUIRE their name. (Either way, all responses initially display on your screen anonymously)  

6. Select start!

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How to Create Valuable Multiple Choice Questions

Multiple-choice questions can be a useful teaching and assessment tool, whether aiding class discussions or testing content on an exam. Teachers have been using this method of assessment for decades, whether verbally, on paper, or more recently through technology such as the real-time assessment system, Socrative.

However, writing multiple-choice questions that test the anticipated content with a certain level of difficulty and understanding for the student is often more challenging than it may seem. It is important to understand the types of questions that exist, reliable rules for writing them, and how to use them to understand learning behavior.

Types of Questions

1. Recall information: Test understanding of factual knowledge, such as definition or association.

Example: What is a verb?

2. Understand concepts: Draw upon facts in context of what is being learned.

Example: Which of the words in the following sentence is a verb: Susan walked to the grocery store.

3. Apply knowledge: Give students a scenario, often linked to a real-world outcome.

Example: Sam is writing about his ski vacation with his family. This vacation happened one month ago. Which is a correct form of the word “to ski” for his paragraph?

4. Analyze Information: Students reflect on patterns and relationships within the content.

Example: Consider the verbs in the following sentence: Mike ran to the store. 

In what form would you use the word “to call” in order to represent that Mike made a call before he went to the store.

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Jigsaw your way to Collaboration with Socrative

Collaborative learning has many benefits:

  • Develops higher level thinking skills
  • Builds self-esteem in students
  • Improves oral communication skills
  • Enhances student satisfaction with the learning experience

Puzzle PiecesYet fear of losing classroom control and creating gaps in content coverage can often cause teachers to back off and resort to a didactic teacher led approach.
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Review and Co-Construct Class Rules of Conduct

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Every classroom and every teacher has different rules about acceptable behaviors. These can range from technology usage and hand raising to in class chatter. At the beginning of a semester you have an opportunity to review current rules and introduce new ones!

Socrative Short Answer is a great way to ask:

When should you raise your hand?

What do you do when you need to use the bathroom?

What should you do when other students are speaking?

What should you do when the teacher is speaking?

When are you allowed to speak to the person next to you?

When is it okay to use technology?

Let students work in pairs to reflect on acceptable behaviors.

Project the answers onto the board anonymously, so that everyone feels free to participate. Highlight themes and build a collective responsibility to meet everyone’s goals. With Socrative Short Answer,  you can even download a report of the rules at the end of the activity.


With some extra time left in class, you can group students into teams, assigning a rule to each. Every group makes a poster that represents the rule using diagrams, words, or pictures. Each student then presents their poster and hangs them on the wall to refer to for the next few weeks.

Getting to Know Your New Students – Survey and Slideshow!

The start of school can be overwhelming for teachers, new faces, new names and new relationships to build. Nerves can build up quite fast and routines are not yet in place to rely upon. Mrs. Rutherford turns to Socrative to ease her first day record keeping and classroom management tasks.

Gather pertinent Student Information

What is your full name?
Do you have a preferred nickname?
What’s your home address?
What’s your phone number?
What’s your email address?
What are your parents’ or guardian’s names, workplaces and phone numbers?
Do you have any allergies?
When is your birthday?
What’s your favorite food?
What is your favorite band or musician?

**Use the quiz above with Import code SOC-1612137**

Feel free to edit the activity to best suit your classroom needs.

Remember: The report will be emailed to you so no stack of papers to flip through!

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 Create a Back to School slideshow!

It’s time to put away the beach towels, set the alarm, and get ready for that first week! School is here and you’ve got a whole new list of students to get to know – what better way than to create a fun and creative photo slideshow to share with parents to present their kids classmates.

We have a great tool in mind that could help you to do that, .

It offers you a simple way to create slideshows that are as unique as each and every one of the students in your classroom. All you have to do is take picture of the kids, upload your photos to or through the iOS app. Sharalike does the rest – literally. Set it to music (you can use your own or simply let Sharalike choose that for you as well), save it and it is ready to share! Sharalike is free to use, and has no limitations.

The simplicity of sharalike, could even allow you to assign your students the task of creating their own to share with the class – maybe a beginning of the year ice breaker to share their summer vacation stories!